Stepping into your 30s is a milestone beyond which everything changes, for better or for worse. While you enjoy professional success and financial independence, there are more responsibilities to manage, more fears to face, and more stress to handle. Other than providing for your family and paying mortgages, you may have a receding hairline, a paunch, and daily stress to deal with, which for some reason, never leaves your side.
Ageing is inevitable, but with a healthy mind and body you can certainly slow it down. Yet, most people in their 30s live recklessly when it comes to health. Perhaps they assume that their body will continue to work like a machine, like how it did in their 20s. This assumption is silly at best and dangerous at worst. “People feel there’s some intrinsic clock playing out a program in their body that they don’t have influence over,” says Dr John Rowe, a professor of Health Policy and Aging at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. “It’s just not true,” he clarifies.
Your fitness and metabolism drastically change as you age. According to the American Council on Exercise, the metabolic rate decreases by 1 to 2 percent every decade. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a hormone produced by the body in abundance in your 20s dips during the 30s, which leads to decreased energy, increased mood swings, slower recovery time, and increased body fat. Needless to say, an unfit body paves the way for an unfit mind if you continue to overlook the importance of staying fit.